Tag: Misquoting Jesus
About two years ago, I read a terrific book by Bart Ehrman: “Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why.” Ehrman is a bible scholar who concluded that in the past 2,000 years, the New Testament has been changed in thousands of minor ways and dozens of major ways. He therefore put up a caution sign to all of those believers who claim that the Bible is inerrant. “Which version of the Bible?” is always an important clarifying question.
Here’s the link to my post, which I titled: “Who changed the Bible and why? Bart Ehrman’s startling answers.” More than 540 comments were quickly contributed to this post, making this page too long to download and display. The phenomenon of the passionate flood of comments confounded me. Many of the comments were irrational, in that the writers had clearly not even read my post (or the book). They argued about things that Ehrman (and I) did not claim and they failed to address Ehrman’s meticulous scholarship.
For technical reasons I closed off new comments back in March 2007. Last night, I discovered a WordPress plugin that allows me to paginate comments, thereby protecting this website from the sudden and repeated load of 540 comments displayed on one page.
Here’s the good news, then. Anyone who has not yet had his or her chance to comment on Bart Ehrman’s book may now jump in at the original post and post a comment. That’s right! If the 540 comments that came before you didn’t address an important aspect of Bart Ehrman’s book, you may now remedy that omission in the comments to the original post.
How often do we hear people “explaining” religious beliefs by stating ”The Bible says so,” as if the Bible fell out of the sky, pre-translated to English by God Himself? It’s not that simple, according to an impressive and clearly-written book that should be required reading for anyone who claims to know “what the Bible says.” The 2005 bestseller, Misquoting [...]